Turkmenbashi, the rather eccentric leader of Turkemistan, is at it again. After announcing plans for a ice palace in the desert, closing all medical facilities and libraries outside the capital, banning all recorded music in the country, and even sending his own guidebook for being a good Turkmen citizen into space, now plans to build a zoo complete with penguins. A true necessity for a country with a per capita income of less than $3,000 a year.
But, lucky for everyone, he recently had surgery that actually made him younger and replaced his gray hair with black hair. He'll have years to solve Turkmenistan's problems while living in his ice palace and playing with penguins.
I'll have to start asking people here what they think of him. I've met Kazakhs, Tajiks, Uyghurs, Russians, and Uzbeks here, but no Turkmens.